Paul Merson explains why Arsenal should have signed Gareth Barry

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Paul Merson has explained that Arsenal should have signed former Everton midfielder Gareth Barry after he made the move to West Brom this week.

The Englishman moved to West Brom from Everton for an undisclosed fee which would have been nominal as he chases the Premier League appearance record.

It became apparent to the player that he would not get as much first-team football at Everton after they made several big signings in the summer window.

Their midfield already possesses Morgan Schneiderlin, Idrissa Gana Gueye, Davy Klaassen, Tom Davies and Muhamed Besic.

Everton have even brought in Gylfi Sigurdsson who could play in the central midfield role rather than playing further forward.

Wayne Rooney has also been played in the centre of midfield at Manchester United which leaves Barry’s chances extremely slim.

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Even though he could not get into the Everton midfield, Paul Merson has explained that he would have been a great fit for the Arsenal midfield.

No, he did actually say that.

“I look at him and think why wouldn’t Arsenal take him for a year?” he explained.

“He gets the ball, he moves it forward quickly and he doesn’t mess about.”

West Brom target Liverpool defender

With Gareth Barry coming into the club, Tony Pulis’ side are looking to press on in the transfer market to ensure Premier League stability.

Barry is the first signing that will no doubt give them that but the Baggies are also aiming for a very ambitious move for a Liverpool star.

The defender has been tipped for a move away but could cost West Brom in the region of £30m this summer.

Find out who the Liverpool star that West Brom want here.